October 16 - 18, 2020 Mollie Spencer Family Farm
1001 Garth Brooks Blvd, Yukon OK
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Mollie Spencer Family Farm - 1001 Garth Brooks Blvd, Yukon, OK

Iron Thistle Scottish Festival

October 16 - 18, 2020

****The Iron Thistle will now be held October 16-18, 2020  ****
If you had already bought tickets for April, those tickets will still be honored.

The Iron Thistle Scottish Heritage Festival and Highland Games is a celebration of Scottish culture. Throughout the weekend, attendees can enjoy a taste of Scotland and other Celtic nations through the many activities and entertainers. To kick off the festival, Friday evening will be a Scottish fire festival on the main field at 8:15 p.m. Following the fire festival, a ceilidh (an informal social gathering with folk musicsinging, dancing, and storytelling) will take place at 8:45 p.m. in the music tent.

In addition to musical actspipe bands and Celtic dancingathletes come from all over Oklahoma to compete in the Highland Games. These heavy events feature the popular caber toss where a long log is tossed by the athlete end over end among other Scottish games.
The kids’ area has craftsgames and two bounce castles. Families can also watch dogs herding sheep and see Highland cattle. Other attractions include Celtic-themed vendorsfood trucks with traditional Scottish food, clan tentsgenealogy research, crofters’ village and Gaelic lessons & readings.

Special thanks to the Kirkpatrick Family Fund and the City of Yukon for making the Iron Thistle possible.

Iron Thistle Scottish Festival



  • 9 & under – free
  • 10 & up – $8 each in advance, $10 at the gate.
  • Weekend pass advance purchase – $15


  • Friday – 7 to 10 pm
  • Saturday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Musical Performances at the Iron Thistle Scottish Festival


WICKED TINKERS sound is the distillation of the passion of a people and their music. Like a fine, smoky Scotch whisky, it's a little rough around the edges but unmistakably the real thing.

Prepare yourself for a wild ride with WICKED TINKERS. Pioneers of the growing Tribal Celtic movement, Wicked Tinkers have been playing haunting, heart-pounding bagpipes and irresistible, tribal drums as a professional band since 1995 and for many years before that at parties, renaissance faires and on various street corners. With the addition several years back of the mesmerizing drone of the Australian didgeridoo and bronze-age Irish horn the magic was complete. Sit back and be transported to an earlier time in Scotland and Ireland when battle cries filled the air and strange, unheard-of creatures roamed the night. Or better yet, get on your feet and let your body move to ancient rhythms and forgotten sounds. Don’t think that this is dry, dusty music for museum shelves- the boys in the band merge the best of modern, almost rock and roll energy with the hypnotic, insistent grooves of their Gaelic ancestors. Rare is the bystander who comes away without feeling a surprising, sometimes bewildering connection with long-forgotten, primal emotions and half- memories of ages past and experiences unknown and yet somehow familiar. This is music to set your jaw, put a fire in your belly, a glint in your eye and a dance in your feet.

The WICKED TINKERS bring their vitality and humor to stages across America. They were on national television: THE LATE LATE SHOW with CRAIG FERGUSON. Touring the U.S. for most of the year, they have made friends and fans from all over the world at some of the largest Highland Games, including: Pleasanton in California; the Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games in Enumclaw, Washington; the Texas Highland Games in Arlington, Texas; festivals in Estes Park, Colorado, and Las Vegas, Nevada; as far east as the Oklahoma Highland Games; the Kentucky Scottish Weekend; the Rhode Island Celtic Festival; and the Mid-Winter Scottish-Irish Festival and Fair in Pennsylvania.

Some of WICKED TINKERS’ biggest fans are kids! The band has performed and instructed at schools for children of all ages.

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Hotel Partner


11510 West I-40 Service Road Yukon, OK 73099

Our Hotel Partner this year is the Home 2 Suites by Hilton

11510 West I-40 Service Road
Yukon, OK 73099, US

Phone: 405-265-0999

Use group code USCO when booking.

Iron Thistle Scottish Festival

Map to Location

Mollie Spencer Family Farm - 1001 Garth Brooks Blvd, Yukon, OK

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Iron Thistle Scottish Festival


In the spirit of the ancient Scots, heavy athletes gather to compete against each other in displays of strength and skill, including the caber toss, hammer throw, weight over bar, and more.

At the Iron Thistle, attendees can watch the traditional heavy athletics events, called the Highland Games, as well as special Iron Thistle events including the Great Sheaf Off.

If you have questions about the athletic events, please contact Athletic Director Jonathan Irvin at 405.834.1876 or

To process your payment online, you can go to the Athletic Shop.

  IT 2020 Athletic Registration (Select Here)


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Tickets for the whisky tasting have to be purchased at the USCO t-shirt sales tent. $30 for members and $40 for non members. Seating is extremely limited. The Saturday tasting is at 1:30 and the Sunday tasting is at 2:30.

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Volunteers make our festival possible!


Even if you're not a piper, dancer, or athlete there are plenty of ways you can help us promote Scottish culture at the Iron Thistle.

For 2020, we need:

  • Front gate attendants
  • Kids’ Glen workers
  • Hospitality area attendants
  • USCO tent assistants
  • Festival merchandise assistants
  • Set up and tear down helpers

If you’d like to volunteer your time, please email Jennie at or